Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Comprehensive Shoulder Exercises (August 16, 2005)

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When I look at my upper body, Iím for the most part satisfied with my results, but my shoulders arenít where I hoped they would be. Any suggestions? (Doug. Queens Village).Answer

Here are comprehensive exercises that Iíve found to build depth, width and balance for the shoulder area:

  • Military barbell front press
  • Dumbbell shoulder press
  • Shrugs
  • Front, side and rear lateral raises with dumbbells
  • Pressing movements overhead are to be controlled. Elbows and wrists are aligned under the weight. Exhale on the up-phase.
  • Deltoid Raises (front, side and rear) done with good form, slow and controlled: 2 seconds up and 2 seconds down is a good cadence.
  • Also, for upper body thickness include chest work: 35 to 45 degree incline chest presses. This upper chest/ shoulder tie-in will help give you the look you seek.

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